No longer updating

It's a shame, but I'm no longer updating this website. Busy setting up new ventures.

I'll leave it up for anyone who's interested.

Thanks to all regular readers, and all the best for the future.

Cheers, PJ

Youth money thoughts

Anyone can learn about money.

Anyone can help anyone else learn.

Making mistakes doesn't mean you're hopeless.

Managing money is a lot about relationships & understanding other people.

Good financial education is not about turning people into more savvy consumers.

Good financial education starts with young people's interests and builds on their strengths.

Sources of help

Cheque basics

How do you write a cheque? If you are a bit hazy, how easy is it find out?

I just tried to discover what help there is online, starting with the website of the Personal Finance Education Group or pfeg. It says it is the UK’s leading finance education charity. “We provide resources and lesson plans, help and advice to anyone teaching children and young people about money.”

Sounds good. So I put “how to write a cheque” (without the quote marks) into pfeg’s search engine. “Your search yielded no results”. Hmmm. Perhaps they’re a bit unsure too.

I tried searching with the single word cheque. Success – one result. That linked to The Banking Game. “Skills such as writing out a cheque, paying with a debit card or crediting their account are all included. …”

Great. Except when you follow the link what you get is:

banking game on pfeg website

I’m not likely to pay £35 to learn how to write a cheque. Nor are young people. So that’s a dead end. (Apologies to pfeg if I’ve missed anything on their site. If they let me know, I’ll link to what they have.)

The most useful online resource I found on a quick search for how to write a cheque is from the project Money matters to me created by adult educators NIACE. It isn’t cutting-edge design. It isn’t branded as a youth resource. But it has good, sound information. Free. On this cheques page, users can roll over the cheque and see the different elements described. They can then try entering the key information themselves on some examples provided – scroll towards the end of the page and click next.

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